Normal Life on Hvar: Saturday Afternoon in Rudine
There is something special about Rudine, the small village on the Kabal peninsula above Stari Grad, and it is a little different to any other village on the island, to me at least. The sense of community is very strong, and all doors are open to each other, with people popping over for a coffee or early morning rakija.
There is plenty of space and safety for children, who know all the cool spots to hang out, and it is always a friendly reception when I pop in.
For some, time on the trampoline.
For others, it is a chance to catch up on their basketball skills.
While one should never pass up the chance of a free haircut from a visiting German hairdreser.
For me, Rudine has the most relaxed atmosphere on the island, with one of its warmest welcomes. Apart from the two small Rudine villages, the peninsula is trees, trees and more trees. At its tip, the turning point of the Faros Swimming Marathon, one can discover the Tito Caves built to protect Stari Grad from attack. There are fantastic beaches, particularly at Zukova.
But some don't get further than the hammock. Relaxed Rudine - one of Hvar's undiscovered charms.